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Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line gets approval

Published: 15 Mar 2010 00:02:01 PST

The construction of a maglev line from Shanghai to Hangzhou was recently approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the plan is now being studied, Zheng Jian, chief planner of the Ministry of Railways, revealed during the third session of the 11th NPC on March 13.

With a total investment of 22 billion yuan ($3.22 billion), this 199.4 kilometer-long line is the only maglev train program among the national medium and long-term plans.

While the low-speed maglev train runs at only 100 kilometers an hour, trains on the Shanghai-Hangzhou line will reach speeds of up to 430 kilometers an hour. 

Sun Zhang, a professor with the College of Traffic and Transportation Engineering at Tongji University, told the media that as an extension of the maglev line from Shanghai Pudong Airport, the Shanghai-Hangzhou line can shorten the travel time between the two cities. The construction of the line will also boost the economic development and optimize resources of both cities.

After it is built, the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line will link Shanghai South Railway Station, Hongqiao Airport, Pudong Airport and Hangzhou together.

In 2006, the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line proposal was approved by the State Council. The total construction budget of the 175-kilometer line was estimated at about 35 billion yuan. The section within Zhejiang Province will be built from 2010 to 2014, with an investment of about 22 billion yuan.

Currently, the only maglev line in operation nationwide is the 31 kilometer-long maglev train from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Longyang Road, Pudong New Area.


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